Leadership inspiration from Searching for Sugarman – the hero lies in you

” A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country.” Searching for Sugarman, about the enigmatic  Mexican American musician, Rodriguez, is one of the most moving films I have seen in a long time. A hugely talented musician and songwriter, Rodriguez writes powerfully and poignantly about the pain of the archetypal everyman living […]

An ordinary life, with extraordinary moments.

What will be your extraordinary moment today? Walking up the steep hill close to my home, I snake-ease the muscles in my neck to relieve the tension that has been building all day. Just ahead of me, trudging up the hill, is a boy who is about nine-years-old. With his fawn-coloured curly hair, big ears […]

Are you tired of the hectic pace of your life?

In his book Stoep Zen,  Antony Osler writes much about the importance of being in the present moment. I love the following words: “If we pay attention and live from our belly – without the habitual veil of thinking that stands between us and our experience – then whatever we see, hear, touch or smell […]

You do not have to be good …

 How’s that for the first line of a poem? Probably not a line you would like to share, out of context, with your children or teenagers. But it’s a radical statement. Mary Oliver, the poet, isn’t exhorting us to be bad. She’s encouraging us to be authentic; to be self-accepting and forgiving; to believe that we […]

Surrender or Control?

Knowing how difficult it is for many of us to make significant changes, I have enormous admiration for the easeful way in which other forms of life surrender to changes in their external world. Recently, on a retreat at Solitude, in the Midlands, I watched an autumn leaf falling to the ground . And I thought about how easily she submitted […]